Fresno FC at Portland Timbers 2 Match Notes
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Foxes head north to the former stomping grounds of head coach Adam Smith, who served as a goalkeeper for the Timbers' first team in the team's inaugural season. Smith has fared well against his former club, going 1-0-1, including a 4-2 stomping in the Rose City a year ago. Smith will look to lead his Foxes to another victory, and trade places with Timbers 2 in the USL Championship standings. Fifth-place Fresno (5-2-6, 21 points), is two points behind third-place Portland (6-2-5, 23 pts), and will look to suppress a side that is unbeaten in its last four matches (two wins, two draws). Leading the way for the Timbers 2 attack is forward Dairon Asprilla, who is currently on loan from Portland's first team. Asprilla has six goals in five games. Eryk Williamson has provided the creative spark with seven assists and three goals in 10 games. Portland will look to keep its hold in the Western Conference table, despite not having played a USL Championship match in 18 days come kickoff.
Fresno is coming off a full week's rest, playing most recently to a 1-1 draw against OKC Energy FC on June 8. The Foxes will look to take that consistency and pressure a Portland defense that has collected just one clean sheet in 2019, and faced 62 shots - 20 more than Fresno in as many games. Portland goalkeeper Jake Leeker has made a team-high 29 saves in 10 appearances between the posts while also holding a 1.60 goals-against average.
Offensively, however, Portland has hit its mark, converting 23% of its chances, second only to conference forerunner New Mexico - while taking nearly as many shots as Fresno - 174 to 173, respectively. Led by Asprilla's production and Foster Langsdorf and Modou Jadam (four goals each), Portland's offense ranks third-most in goals scored, while Fresno's 21 goals scored ranks 10th in the West.
Captain Juan Pablo Caffa continues to lead the creation of opportunities for the club with a team-high 28 chances created. Arun Basuljevic is right behind with 21 and leads all midfielders and forwards in minutes played at 1,105 for the season.
Fresno sees the return of forward Christian Chaney to the 18-man roster. Chaney missed the previous two matches due to an ankle injury. Still out for the Foxes are Jackson and Alex Cooper, who are expected to return at the end of the month.
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